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Deicing aircraft at JFK Airport

The new deicing facility targets infrared electromagnetic waves to the aircraft, eliminating the need for Type I glycol and minimizing the environmental impacts to existing stormwater systems.

Project Type:
Project Management, Design, Construction Review, and Resident Inspection
Construction Cost:
$10 million
- See more at: http://www.hatchmott.com/projects/jfk-airport-deicing-facility#sthash.turFd5mI.dpuf


As part of their efforts to develop and implement environmentally acceptable technologies in aircraft deicing, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey jointly funded a project by Radiant Aviation Services to construct a radiant deicing facility at JFK International Airport.

The facility at JFK is constructed in a confined area, capable of handling ADG V aircraft up to B747-300 series. The project was implemented under a design-build delivery system contracted through the Port Authority.


Mott MacDonald’s primary role on the project involved the following:

  • Responsibility for the foundation engineering and pavement marking designs
  • Construction review of the civil, foundation, and structural steel components
  • Resident inspection services for the complete installation

During construction, we provided support services including attending progress meetings, reviewing construction submittals and shop drawings, and responding to RFIs.

In addition, we assisted with project management functions related to technical matters, Tenant Alteration Applications (TAA) submittals and approvals by the Port Authority, and review of the contract between the Port Authority and Radiant Aviation Services.


The purpose of the facility is to deice departure-bound aircraft by nonconventional means. The melting technique utilizes patented energy process units that target infrared electromagnetic waves to the aircraft fuselage and wing components to melt the ice.

This technique eliminates the application of Type I glycol and minimizes the environmental impacts to existing stormwater systems.

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